Sir Derek Jacobi is one of the UK's most distinguished contemporary actors. He made his name with commanding performances on stage and screen, most memorably in the BBC TV series I, Claudius. He was nominated for a 'Best Actor' Tony Award for his portrayal of Alan Turing in the play Breaking the Code, and then for a BAFTA when that was adapted for television. Other notable TV work includes the series Cadfael. His film work ranges from The Day of the Jackal to Gladiator and Gosford Park. He has read numerous audiobooks including, for Orion, The Book of Dead Days by Marcus Sedgwick. He was knighted in 1994.
The Rolling Stones is, together with the Beatles, one of the most influential and best loved bands in the world.
Mick Jagger b1943, with the band since 1962
Keith Richards b1943, with the band since 1962
Ronnie Wood b1947, joined the band in 1975 to replace Brian Jones
Charlie Watts b1941, with the band since 1963
Katherine Jenkins is the biggest classical crossover star in the UK today, having already sold almost two million copies of her four albums by the age of twenty-seven. Her record Living A Dream was named the Album of the Year at the 2006 Classical Brit Awards, and her work entertaining the troops has earned her the accolade of the new 'forces sweetheart'.
Paul Johnson was born in 1928. He edited the New Statesman in the 1960s and has written over forty books. His Modern Times, a history of the world from the 1920s to the 1990s, has been translated into more than fifteen languages. As well as a weekly column in the Spectator, he contributes to newspapers all over the world.
Liz Jones is a columnist for the 'Mail on Sunday', Fashion Editor of the 'Daily Mail' and a former editor of 'Marie Claire'. She lives in Somerset.
Nigel Jones is a historian,biographer and broadcaster. Formerly Assistant Editor of 'History Today' and 'BBC History' magazines, he now writes fulltime and leads battlefield tours of the western front. His film about the excavation of Wilfred Owen's dugout on the Somme, 'Journey to Hell' , directed by Catrine Clay, was shown on BBC 2's 'Ancestors' series in February 2004. He is currently writing a short biography of Owen, and a study of the Edwardian era.
Born in Belfast in July 1922, Patricia left her home town in 1944 to embark on a nursing career, beginning at Clare Hall Sanatorium, Barnet before going to train at the North Middlesex Hospital where she gained her S.R.N. Certificate in 1948. After a short period there as a Staff Nurse, she returned to Belfast to work for a year at Musgrove Park Hospital. She left for England once more to study at Sharoe Green Hospital, Preston, where she received her State Certified Midwifery Certificate in 1951, and in 1961 she was awarded the National Certificate of District Nursing.
Eddie Jordan was born in 1948, and began to make money as a superb salesman, which helped fund his love of motor sport. In the 1980s he began to move from driving to running racing teams, eventually moving into Formula One in 1989. Eventually, he sold his team in January 2005. In autumn 2006, he presented Eddie Jordan's Bad Boy Racers on Channel Five.
Rob Jovanovic is the author of titles on music acts Beck, REM, Kate Bush, Pavement and George Michael, and has written for MOJO, UNCUT and RECORD COLLECTOR magazines.
Traudl Junge was a brewer's daughter born in 1920 in Munich. From the end of 1942 until April 1945 she was Hitler's private secretary. In 1942 she married one of Hitler's staff, Hans Junge who was killed a year later. After the war she was sent to a Russian prison camp and later returned to Germany to work as a secretary and a sub-editor.
She died on February 10th, 2002 shortly after publication of her book.